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If there existed a trail across the United States that was anything like the path I walked on today, people would be walking this county from coast-to-coast as if it were the Camino de Santiago or the Inca Trail.

The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) is an asphalt paved, converted Rails to Trails cycling/hiking path—I’ve walked similar trails several times, most recently the Katy Trail.

It’s great! No trucks or cars, no non-existent shoulders, and no trash, either. Also, much of this trail is shaded.

When I finally left the path, I walked on sidewalks into Historic Downtown Leesburg, which turned out to be quaint, charming, and filled with both locals and tourists. I ate lunch in a Chinese restaurant, and then continued walking through Southern Civil War history for several more miles.

Adding to the pleasant walk today was the pleasure of not having to carry my backpack.

Kerry and Betty picked me up after attending the graduation ceremony. Now I’m resting, doing a load of laundry, and planning the logistics of the next several days.

12 miles today.

@ Leesburg, Virginia

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